Posted by: Scott | Saturday, February 18, 2006

Whittington, Cheney intentionally shoot down story

This week must have been hard for “Big Media.”
  • Wednesday, the Vice President appeared on FOX News Channel’s Special Report w/ Brit Hume as an exclusive that could only be reported by the other networks.
  • Thursday morning Mary Matalin* was interviewed by Katie Courick on the Today show. Americans went away from the interview mad, not at the Vice President, but at the Today show co-anchor.
  • Perhaps you heard that also on Thursday the Kenedy County Sheriffs Department closed its investigation into the accidental shooting of Harry Whittington (which occurred about five hours after the Vice President drank one beer), noting that no charges would be filed.

Friday, more “bad news” came when Mr. Whittington was released from the hospital in Corpus Christi. To the media’s satisfaction, he promptly held a press conference and had this to say about the past week:

“My family and I are deeply sorry for everything Vice President Cheney and his family have had to deal with….We all assume certain risks in what we do, in what activities we pursue. Accidents do and will happen.”

He said the past weekend involved “a cloud of misfortune and sadness that is not easy to explain, especially with those who are not familiar with the great sport of quail hunting.”

Wow! He agreed with most of America: this was an accident! As if that wasn’t bad enough, Mr. Whittington equated the over-hypers to being “unlearned” and then refused to answer any questions. OK, so the media didn’t exactly get the destroying out-of-context quote they were looking for.

To make matters worse, Vice President Cheney addressed the Wyoming State Legislature later on. This was his first public speech since the hunting accident. Though it was scheduled long before the accident, there are no doubt conspiracy theories floating around (none of which I will attempt to advance here). He was warmly welcomed with a standing ovation. Of the week’s events, he had this to say:

“Thankfully, Harry Whittington is on the mend and doing very well.”

Furthermore, Senate President Grant Larson (R-WY-S 17) commended the VP on his largely non-policy speech and then the Vice President and his wife were recipient to another standing ovation when Sen. Larson announced that University of Wyoming had received a $2.7 million donation from the Cheneys. I would not be surprised if some left-wing commentator (sometimes called a reporter in certain large municipalities) stated his/her opinion that the finances would have been better used in New Orleans, the federal budget, or Iraq.

Maybe this week the media should investigate the slickness of the ice and snow in Italy. After all, have you noticed how the Olympians are falling all over the place in their competitions, sometimes loosing any hope of a medal? Sounds like it’s time for the IOC to have a press conference.

*Edited 7:40 AM (MST) 2-19-06; Reason: wrong name

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